Jason Kelce has a message for dog mask wearers at NFC Championship

Jason Kelce has a message for dog mask wearers at NFC Championship

Dog masks at Eagles games? Are they good or bad? It's tough to say.

But many Philadelphia fans are into it, so we're running with it on Sunday when the Birds take on the Vikings in the NFC Championship game at the Linc.

Eagles center Jason Kelce joined Angelo Cataldi on the 94 WIP morning show and talked about what it was like to witness the wild 4th down stand to win the game against the Falcons last week. But he also spoke about the big game this coming Sunday with the Vikings.

Fans wearing dog masks in the stadium came up after a few of the Eagles adopted the underdog mentality quite literally.

Kelce had a message for fans with masks inside the Linc.

"A quieter crowd is always beneficial to the offense," Kelce said. 

"Take the dog masks off when the [Eagles'] defense is on the field. We need as much noise out there as we can get."

"If you really want to see a home field advantage, all you have to do is look at how much better a defense is at home or away. Our defense has been great everywhere for the most part but I think they've been averaging something like less than 13 points at home. Something crazy. The noise level affects offenses more. The fact that our crowd gets so into it when our defense is on the field it's hard for opposing offenses to function. We even got a little of that up at MetLife Stadium when Eli Manning was complaining."

You can listen to Kelce's full interview below (via CBS) and start training your screaming voice for Sunday now. Gonna be loud at the Linc.

Jay Ajayi's ride maybe the wildest of them all

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Jay Ajayi's ride maybe the wildest of them all

Less than three months ago, Jay Ajayi was wearing a Dolphins uniform. Now the starting running back for the Eagles, Ajayi is one game away from the Super Bowl.

Ajayi's road to the NFC Championship Game was unusual but he isn't yet ready to reflect on the midseason trade that brought him to this juncture. And he certainly isn't satisfied just to be here.

"I don't want to look back yet because, in my mind, I'm not done, and we're not done," Ajayi said Thursday. "It's about staying on course with what we want to do, which is take care of business this weekend and put ourselves in that Super Bowl and get ready to bring it back to Philly.

"After that, then I can look back and enjoy all the craziness that went on this year and have something to be proud of."

Even before the surprising trade went through, Ajayi was on a unique path. He was born in England and lived overseas until the age of seven. Widely considered a potential first-round talent, the Boise State product fell to the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft over reports of a chronic knee ailment. Then the Dolphins apparently had their fill of Ajayi after 2½ seasons, sending the Pro Bowl running back to the Eagles amid rumors he had become a malcontent.

Ajayi has already gone through more than most 24-year-olds, even as far as professional athletes are concerned. Though he acknowledged it feels "weird" to suddenly prepare for a conference championship game, he's probably become somewhat accustomed to the extraordinary, too.

"It hasn't really hit we have two games left," Ajayi said. "It still feels like the regular season. We've just been in the routine of everything.

"Just getting ready to play the biggest game of my career so far. It's exciting. I know we're all ready because we're so close, and it would be a shame not to get it done."

It's a tempered enthusiasm, however, as Ajayi is clearly still stewing over a costly fumble in the Eagles' divisional round playoff win over the Falcons.

Since joining the Eagles, Ajayi has been as advertised — a big, bruising ball carrier with the explosion and vision to hit home runs. In nine games, including postseason, he racked up 597 yards from scrimmage on 98 total touches for a 6.1 average.

Ajayi has also fumbled three times — once every 32.7 touches. If he continues to give the ball away against the Vikings and the league's No. 1 defense with the NFC title on the line, the Eagles will not advance.

"Us as a running back room, we know that for us to win this game, we're going to have to make sure we don't have any giveaways, hold on to the ball and run hard," Ajayi said.

Something about Ajayi's demeanor affirms it won't happen again, not in the biggest game of his career.

"They're just another opponent, and they're in the way of what we want to do," Ajayi said.

"It's going to be a physical game. We know it's going to be a dogfight."

NFC Championship tickets are insanely expensive


NFC Championship tickets are insanely expensive

Everybody wants to be at the Linc in person when the Birds make history but only 69,000 or so lucky souls will be sitting in the stands screaming their faces off on Sunday.

And if you want to be one of those fans to see the action live and in person and don't already have tickets, it's time to crack open that piggy bank -- and take out a second mortgage, really -- because tickets  to the NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings are crazy expensive.

Just how expensive? Try the most expensive resale price ever on the secondary market for a conference championship game, according to TicketIQ.

Some of their stats around the tickets for this game, from TicketIQ's Ralph Garcia:

"The NFC the Eagles vs Vikings Conference Championship at Lincoln Financial Field features an average asking price of $1,280 with cheapest available ticket $763. This average is up 62% since Philly's victory over the Falcons and is the most expensive Conference Championship game we've ever tracked."

"This price point is a significant increase from what Eagles fans are used to. It marks an 176% increase from the Divisional round's average price vs Atlanta, and a 300% increase from the regular season average price," Garcia writes.

    The fact that the weather is supposed to be relatively nice with temps well above freezing and no chance of a blizzard certainly makes attending more appealing. Maybe there are a lot of rich The Roots fans out there who want to see Black Thought and Quest up close in person?

    Similarly, on StubHub, the "get-in" price for just a standing room ticket is hovering around the $600 mark. You could buy a new 50-inch HD TV to watch the game on instead!

    Have fun at the game if you're going and maybe purchase one of those 50-50 raffle tickets so you can pay that second mortgage off.